Applications for refunds of up to 16-hundred dollars will become available August 1st for property taxes or rent paid in 2010.Nearly 200,000 households in Maine may qualify for the so-called “circuit breaker” program.Applications are available online at www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/tnr/tnr.htm
Affordable child care was discussed in Bangor Monday.Members of various organizations invested in Maine’s child care system got a chance to speak out as to what the State is proposing to do about child care issues.Maine is required to develop an agenda detailing how it plans to spend State and Federal funds for child care.If you missed out on Monday’s meeting, there will be a second opportunity to voice your opinion on the matter in Portland, Tuesday night at 7 PM at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Attorneys for a Veazie man shot by police have posted video of the shooting online.They claim Portland police had no reason to shoot 30-year-old Jonathan Mitchell.A website created by Mitchell’s lawyers and relatives includes video taken from police cruiser cameras.Mitchell was shot in April.Police say it happened as he ran at two officers with his car.
The search continues in Andover for two missing swimmers from Boston.26-year-old Hoang Vo and 30-year-old Phil Le were camping at Lower Richardson Lake with friends.They jumped from a boat into the lake Friday and disappeared.Authorities say both men had been drinking.
Hollywood Slots in Bangor has raised the stakes.Monday, the racino launched a campaign to bring table gambling to its facility.A number of Bangor area business leaders turned out to show their support.But not everyone is “game” to the expansion.===========”Today, we are kicking off our campaign, urging voters to vote yes for table games for Penobscot County.”That announcement Monday from Hollywood Slots General Manager John Osborne.
Forget Youkillis, Ellsbury, or Pedroia…Mainers were the stars at Sundays Maine Day Red Sox game…especially one young man from Newburgh.Nine year old michael Raye, Junior, was asked to read the roster at the beginning of the Mariners/Red Sox game.This was not only Raye’s most exciting visit to Fenway,but it was also his first.Michael also got to meet a couple of Sox players and even got a picture with David Ortiz.It was a good day for the Red Sox too!They beat the Mariners 12-8
The trial of a man accused of a hit and run that killed a University of Maine student continued Monday in Bangor.Prosecutors say twenty-three year old Garrett Cheney of South Berwick was drunk when he ran into twenty year old Jordyn Bakley, then took off.Her body was found on Middle Street in Orono in the early morning hours of January 30, 2010.A state forensic expert who examined vehicle pieces that were found near Bakley’s body testified, Monday.Cynthia Homer said she matched the parts to the truck belonging to Garret Cheney.A state trooper testified that Cheney crashed his vehicle along I-95 in Etna that same morning.He said Cheney smelled like alcohol, and had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.Cheney’s defender, William Bly, says he’s not denying his client was drinking and driving, but the state has not proven his client is responsible for Bakley’s death.”What they’ve brought is what we’ve already told the jury to expect to hear.
A conference in Orono is giving professionals the tools they need to encourage kids to stay in school.The Maine Positive Youth Development Institute is taking place at UMaine for the next three days.The event give folks who work with kids the chance to take a look at the latest practices used to increase graduation rates and boost overall academic success.While the conference features well known keynote speakers, students are also on hand to give teachers a view from their perspective.
People all over are helping the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor bounce back after the center’s rooftop garden was vandalized.Two weeks ago, someone broke water lines in the garden’s irrigation system.They tossed around compost and knocked over plants, too.No one’s been pinpointed for the damage, which is estimated about $500.But individuals from as far away as Brunswick and area businesses have been sending in donations and offering to volunteer to help the center recover.Organizers say they’re deeply appreciative of the support since the garden is more than just a place for local seniors.Deanna Partridge says, “We’ve had camps from the Bangor Public Library that have brought children over to plant with some of the members in the garden.